Accord Party urges Tinubu to declare late MKO Abiola President-elect
The Accord Party, Lagos State Chapter, has urged President Bola Tinubu to dispense justice on June 12 by declaring late Chief M. K. O Abiola president-elect.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Dele Oladeji, State Chairman of the party to mark Nigeria’s Democracy Day.
Oladeji said the party wanted Tinubu to declare MKO as president-elect of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election so as to bring an end to a long lingering injustice against Nigerians.
Oladeji noted that the “June 12 Day” remained a blight and watershed on the checkered democratic history of Nigeria and Africa
“We request a release of the official result of June 12, a declaration of late MKO as the president-elect and presentation of insignia office and necessary compensation to his family.”
The chairman stated that the requests would bring an end to long lingering injustice and correct a devastating social and electoral bills against Nigerians and Nigeria.
“This requests will not be for only late MKO Abiola but for all Nigerians and the world at large, who will feel a huge relief.
“It will also restore their faith and hope in the country afresh.
“At this time, the June 12 Day should start to be celebratory like the Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“Also, it should stop being a day we keep mourning the injustice, loss to lives and property and the democratic rape of June 12 debacle,” he said.
The chairman reiterated that a fulfillment of the party’s request would shore up renewed hope in the democratic system of Nigeria and Africa.
He explained that it would bring a lot of maturity and faith in the democratic system in Nigeria.
“It will build trust, faith and hope in the government of Tinubu, develop and foster rapid growth of the judicial and justice system and process in Nigeria.”
Oladeji said this was the right to bring Justice to June 12 because a few of the active actors are still alive.
“Ex-president Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida who annulled the election is still alive, Prof. Maurice Iwu, the third INEC chairman who conducted the election, Prof. Wole Soyinka and Mr Dele Momodu.
“Others are Dr Kayode Fayemi and President Bola Tinubu l, who were major actors and prominent agitators in the June 12 debacle.
“Tinubu was not only a victim and active actor but also went on exile with other like- minds, members and leadership of NADECO,” he said.
The chairman said the party looked forward to the official announcement of the result of the June 12, 1993 election and declaration of the winner while congratulating the President on the eventual victory of the Feb. 25, presidential election.
“We wish the President and Nigerians a successful tenure and a prosperous reign.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that former President Muhammadu Buhari on June 6, 2018, declared June 12 as Nigeria’s democracy day instead of May 29 in honour of late Chief M.K.O Abiola.
Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election died in detention for an alleged treason.
The declaration followed many years of agitations by civil society groups that Abiola must be immortalized.
According to Buhari, the change was to remind all Nigerians of one free election after which the presumed winner along with Nigerians were denied their rights and their choices.
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